Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 14°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Ash disease hits county’s trees

17:50 25 October 2012

Ash dieback disease suspected at NWT Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe. Diseased leaf, which has browned along the midrib of the leaf and then down the veins.

Ash dieback disease suspected at NWT Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe. Diseased leaf, which has browned along the midrib of the leaf and then down the veins.

NWT

SUFFOLK is one of the first counties in the UK to be hit by a disease that has devastated ash trees in Europe.

shares

The Woodland Trust has confirmed ash dieback has been discovered in mature and ancient trees at Pound Farm, near Great Glemham.

The Forestry Commission was yesterday at the 89-hectare site investigating the extent of the disease, which has also been found in Norfolk.

Ash dieback – or the Chalara fraxinea fungus – causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to tree death. It has already wiped out 90% of ash trees in Denmark.

There are fears, expressed by the Woodland Trust, that if no action is taken the disease will wreak the same kind of damage as Dutch elm disease in the 1970s.

The trust has called on the Government to ban the import and movement of all ash trees for planting until the extent of the outbreak, and its source, is clear.

Andrew Sharkey, head of woodland management for the Woodland Trust, said: “Losing ash within the UK landscape would have serious implications to both the ecology, culture and landscape of our countryside. This is yet another example of why the protection of our native trees, natural resources and eco-systems needs to be at the top of the agenda and we need a step change in the level of importance placed on bio-security to tackle the bigger issue. The occurrence of tree diseases in the UK is becoming far too frequent and once they are established we are often powerless to act.

“We are potentially facing the ash equivalent of Dutch elm disease, and unless we take serious measures as a country we will continue to see problems arising from imported diseases.

“If this was a case of foot and mouth there would be immediate emergency measures put in place to deal with it.

“We need an emergency task force or summit set up by Government immediately to help deal with current threats and to stop any future threats before they arrive in the UK.”

shares

0 comments

Police are investigating

The incident occurred at around 4.10am on Sunday in Charles Street.

Police release efit in connection with Stowmarket robbery on June 1

The hard drive, along with designer sunglasses and a DVD player, were stolen from St Osyth Road on Saturday.

Police remain at the scene of the incident

The two thefts have prompted a warning to horse and yard owners to review the security of their properties.

Two homes in Harebell Road were burgled on Friday (July 24).

Police release efit in connection with Stowmarket robbery on June 1

The first incident occurred between Wednesday, July 22 at 11pm and Thursday, July 23 at midnight, in which offenders forced entry to a van on Avondale Walk and took a black tool bag containing a spotlight and charger.

Police are currently on the scene of a two-vehicle collision on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway of the A14 close to the Trimley turn off.

Jamie Williams and The Roots Collective performing at the 2012 Brightlingsea Music Festival.

A bumper line-up is set to hit the stage for this year’s Brightlingsea Free Music Festival as the event celebrates its 15th anniversary.

From left to right, Paul Goodchild, Dale Boustead, Gordon Wagstaff, Neil Stead, Stephen Cole, and Roger Stearne

A west Suffolk grandfather who collapsed at the bed and breakfast he runs and went into cardiac arrest has been reunited with the ambulance workers who saved his life.

The Beatles

Organisers of a major creative event in Woodbridge have announced this summer’s line-up – and an expansion of the festival.

Five-generation family following the birth of Betty Warne’s great-great-grandson Hudson. Left to right, Hudson Moss, Abigail Frost, Sarah Frost, Julie Hudson, Betty Warne.

Three-week old Hudson Moss will not be short of attention from doting relatives – he is the fifth generation to be born into a close-knit Claydon family.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages